Thread: Trump Recklessly Undermined Basic Safety Measures Throughout Pandemic
President Trump has spent much of the pandemic playing down not only the threat to Americans’ health but the safety measures that would protect them.
The New York Times put together a list of the times Trump challenged the effectiveness of mask-wearing, despite the practice being strongly recommended by his own public health officials.
- On April 3: “The C.D.C. is advising the use of nonmedical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure. So it’s voluntary. You don’t have to do it. … I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.”
- On May 21: “I wore one” — a mask — “in the back area. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”
- On July 19: “I don’t agree with the statement that if everybody wears a mask, everything disappears.”
- On August 13: “We have urged Americans to wear masks, and I emphasized this is a patriotic thing to do. Maybe they’re great, and maybe they’re just good. Maybe they’re not so good.”
- On September 29, two days before he would test positive for the virus: “I think masks are OK. … When needed, I wear masks. I don’t wear masks like him [Biden]. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask.”